I have a cold, so I’m having a really hard time concentrating this morning. Ugh! I hate being sick!
I guess because I was feeling so puny, I started thinking about the people in Mexico. Lots of them are sick with little or no medical care. The funny thing is, no matter their circumstances, they seem to be some of the most content people in the world!
This trip, we had a 2 day medical clinic in the prison. That was my favorite! Not because I love to see people in prison, but because my heart goes out to them. They are definitely some of the least of these.
Unlike our prisons, these prisons are not required to meet certain standards. They’re not required to give them tooth paste or tooth brushes, soap or deodorant. If you don’t have money, you have nothing. If you have money you can buy food. If you don’t have money, you get noodles and water. Even if you have money, from what I understand, the cartel can come in and take whatever they want, whenever they want. It’s a very sad situation.
I seriously miss the people I connected with. A lot of the men in there were young, and they reminded me of our son, only way more brown. I’m so thankful that, even though its not an ideal situation for Tucker to be in prison, he’s in a way better place than these people. Although, maybe our prisoners should have to spend a week in a Mexican prison!
There are whole families living in there. Men and women prisoners in the same facility. Children running around. Could you imagine raising your children in a prison?! I will say this though, at least there’s no DHR to take their children from them. If you think our system is messed up (and I certainly do!) imagine what theirs would be like!
One of the biggest differences in Mexico and the U. S. is that none of these people we encounter, no matter how poor, ever have the attitude of entitlement. EVER! They are so appreciative of everything we do.
Having worked in some ministries in the area I’m from, that provide for the less fortunate, sometimes I feel as if they expect a hand out. And they’ll take anything and everything they can get their hands on if its free. In Mexico, they want only what they need. They don’t feel sorry for themselves, or expect anyone else to. They’re a tough bunch of people!
The scary part is, at the rate our country is going, we’re not far from being in the same shape Mexico is in. Even sadder, is the fact that America is full of wimpy people. I’m not sure we could handle it. We need to pray for our country. We, as Christians, need to get to work! God’s not finished! Let’s take a stand for what’s right and keep our country the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14